Water Conversation: Thorsby

The community of Thorsby and surrounding area turned out in large numbers to participate in the Water Conversation last night.  Local mayors and municipal representatives joined citizens for a lively discussion on the water issues that affect the region.

Minister McQueen was also on site to participate in the conversation and hear the many different perspectives.  During her closing remarks, Minister expressed her gratitude for the valuable input that will help ensure our most important resource is used safely and wisely.

Here’s a summary of what was said.


In attendance: 60

Healthy lakes

  • Need for long-term, unified approach
  • Science-based standards for setbacks must be consistent across the province
  • Awareness and education needed so people understand how they contribute to lake health

Drinking water and wastewater systems

  • Industry use of potable water needs to end
  • Emphasis on education, conservation
  • Concern about funding cuts to Water for Life and the long-term effects

Hydraulic fracturing

  • Don’t use fresh water for hydraulic fracturing
  • Industry needs to be expected to find alternative to fresh water use
  • Enforcement mechanisms need to be in place and applied consistently

Water management

  • Don’t use fresh water for uses that take it out of the water cycle
  • Inter-basin transfers are a recipe for trouble since water properties basins are different
  • The inter-relationship between ground water and surface water sources needs to be understood.  Activities in one area can impact another.

Upcoming Sessions

If you’re unable to attend a community session in person, we encourage you to learn more through the conversation guide and provide your feedback through the online workbook.

We also invite you to join the conversation online by following us on Twitter or using the #abwater hashtag.

Thurs, March 14
Fort McMurray
Sawridge Inn & Conf Centre
530 MacKenzie Blvd
5 – 8 p.m.
Thurs, March 14
Red Deer
iHotel (formerly Holiday Inn)
6500 – 67 Street
5 – 8 p.m.

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